Monday, October 7, 2013

13 Posts Of Halloween (2013 Edition) #3 Horror Books

   I don't know about you but I always feel like reading creepy or scary books in October, it's just the perfect time. Unfournatly it's not always easy to find a book that actually scares you, especially when you mainly read YA books. Some books will creep me out and make me think I hear someone sneaking around the house or something, but I've never really read a book that gave me nightmares or that kept me up all night afraid to sleep. I know what you're thinking, why not read an adult horror book? My mom won't let me, I think it stems from the fact that I used to keep her up all night when I was little and my dad let me watch the Halloween movies with him or the time we watched Salems Lot and I had a dream about a vampire killing her and then attacking my from my doorway and I refused to go down the hall by myself for months, but that was like a year ago! (More like seven years ago, actually.) But movies are a different story, and I like to be scared by them, either way I prefer to stick with YA and my hunt to find the scariest of them all! (by the way, any recommendations through the comments would be greatly appreciated.)
  Now to talk about some of the books that have freaked me out, what I think makes a book scary and what and which are not actually scary. Ghosts, demons, devils, vampires, werewolves, zombies, evil robot that take over the world, in real life these things would be scary but just because you put them in a book does not mean the book is going to be scary. I've read tons of zombie and ghost hunting, demon summoning, books and while most are good they don't scare me(Though, n all fairness most aren't supposed to be scary.). I mean most zombie books are apocalyptic books that aren't necessarily designed to be scary, and while they're good books just because they have zombies doesn't mean they're scary zombies, is it frightening to imagine a world filled with flesh eating zombies? Yes, but is it scary to read about it? Not necessarily. I find the best horror books are ones where you don't really know anything, you don't know what's going on at any moment, is it a disease? A ghost? A serial killer? A demented kids toy? Now maybe not that far fetched but the whole book is disturbingly creepy and you have no idea what's going on. But besides that when reading you have to be able to sense the characters fear, you have to feel like what's going on is real and really frightening. It's not so much about what it is that is killing people, of haunting them or whatever, as the overall feeling you get from it, if I don't feel like the characters are afraid of whatever it is how am I supposed to be afraid of it? You have to be convinced that this is horrifyingly, that the characters don't know if they'll survive, where the reader doesn't know if anything will be resolved, if you don't know whether these characters will survive, or if they'll all die and you'll never know what it was that killed them, you have to build in the horror and suspense, you don't have the music ready to swell to tell the readers when things are going down, you have to put that all into the book, make me believe the characters are literally shaking in their boots for me to be shaking in mine.
   Now in no way am I like a professional writer or anything and I don't think I could personally ever write a convincing horror book but in my opinion it's probably one of the hardest things to write, especially in YA.
  Moving on to some of my favorite "horror" books, one that are at the least very well written and at least a little bit creepy in my opinion.
  • Unbreakable by Kami Garcia - Review
  • The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman- Review
  • Morpheus Road by D.J. Machale - Killer ghost, the mystery of a missing best friend, this is one of my absolute favorite books and it's definitely a little creepy.
  • Dream House Kings by Robert Liparulo - Haunted house type thing plus time travel and other things, this books have it all.
  • Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn - This is one of the books that you pretty much have no idea what's going on throughout the whole book plus it's nice and creepy.
  • The Grimm Diaries Prequels by Cameron Jace (not all of these are creepy some are really dark and awesomely creepy)
  • Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake - ghost hunter and a ghost dressed in blood.
  • Arclight by Josin L. McQuien
Song Of The Moment - Nightmare by Set It Off

Next I'm going to post my attempt at a scary short story in small installments. =)

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